How Safe Is Your Online Banking Password?
Today, so much of our personal information is just a password and a click away. And when it comes to passwords for online banking, it's even more important to keep you and your financial information safe. Please review and follow the password guidelines below. Doing so will help you create a password that will keep your financial information safe.
Is your Online Banking password secure enough? Read below and find out.
1. Avoid the obvious
While you may be tempted to use your birthday or phone number or even the word “password,” don’t do it. All of these practices are more common than you might think and makes your online banking password more at risk of compromise. Try to come up with something that no one would ever guess.
2. Go For Long, Not Short
Short passwords can be easily memorized by someone looking over your shoulder and are easily cracked using certain types of hacking software. Make yours longer, maybe an entire sentence, if possible. The more characters there are, the harder it will be to figure out.
3. Don't Write It Down
Writing down your password is never a good idea. You never know when that slip of paper might end up in the wrong hands! You should try to make your password both complex and memorable, but only to you.
4. Mix it up
Use a variety of different characters: upper-case letters, lower-case letters, number, even an “!”,” &”, or a” %”. The more variety you can use, the better. You can even get creative. For instance, “sandcastle” can turn into “s&castle.”
5. Change Your Password Often
It’s easy to get lazy and use the same password year after year, but internet security experts suggest changing your password every 30 – 60 days. Think of it as changing locks on your online life once a month. It’s free, easy, and keeps your online bank account as secure as possible, so why not do it?
6. Don't Use the Same Passwords for All of Your Accounts
In the event that someone figures out one of your passwords, the last thing you want is for them to be able to access all of your personal information. A good rule of thumb is to have one password for less sensitive information (i.e., social networking sites, email, instant messaging) and another for sites that contain your financial information.
7. Verify the Site
Before you enter your username and password to login to your online bank account make sure it’s the real site to ensure you’re safely logging in. Fraudsters send links in “phishing” emails to trick users into entering information into fake sites. No matter how smart your banking password is, your online banking security can be compromised if you simply hand it over. The best way to be sure you’re on a real site is to type the URL into the browser window yourself.
Following these simple rules will help you keep your financial information safe and secure.